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Gay Vintage Festival

3 days
2 nights

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Argentina is a very active gay destination with a vibrant community. Apart from this, it marches in the vanguard as regards claiming for the recognition of people’s rights without distinction of religion, skin color or sexual orientation.

The province of Mendoza, located at the foot of Los Andes Mountain Range, is known, together with Buenos Aires, as one of the most gay friendly places and it has become one of the new favorite destination for the gay community that visits South America.

Mendoza is also the birth place of the best Argentinean Wines. This together with the hospitality of its people and the imposing landscapes make of Mendoza a delicious place.

For many years, Mendoza has celebrated its mother industry, viticulture, with a great show called Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (National Vintage Festival), that has become an international icon due to its display (more than one thousand dancers and actors on the scene), colors and the imposing frame of where it takes place. All these make of the night show a great and unforgettable experience.

And, as it must be in an open city like Mendoza, the Gay National Vintage Festival has been celebrated here for fourteen years now, with all the pride that this means and represents.

This is a unique event in the world that takes place the same night of the Traditional Vintage Festival (after it), and it attracts people from all over the world, not only of the gay community, but also of friendly people with open mind that want to enjoy an amusing and unequalled night full of glamour and color. More than 200 dancers, actors and celebrities act on the scene, opening the night with a great show that rescues the combination of wine with gay pride. Then the time for the election of the Vintage king and Queen comes, among more than 20 beautiful and handsome participants, a very moving moment of the night. After the elected King and Queen are crowned free rein is given to a party dominated by joy and amusement, that finishes at the beginning of the new day.

We invite you to participate in this unequalled party and experience in this cool land of Argentinean wines. Friendly territory by nature.

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The most outstanding of our proposal

  • To enjoy one of the most amusing and glamorous gay festivals in the world.
  • To know about wine and its industry in a relaxed and amusing way in the most important Argentinean viticulture region.
  • To enjoy Mendoza’s charm, landscapes and people.
  • To be able to combine the best activities that can be done in a flexible way.
  • To taste the best wines of the region and the typical food and meats.
  • To be able to meet our inner peace again, within a frame of exterior peace.
  • To discover new sensations
  • To enjoy  a super friendly gay environment.
  • To have many options available: you will be able to choose which wineries to visit and the activities. All these with a frame of total security and being accompanied.
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Program

Day 1:

We will be waiting for you at the airport or at the bus station of Mendoza city. Our tourist guide will welcome and take you to the hotel selected for your check –in. This day, we will visit the most important places of  Mendoza city, specially the Frank Romero Day Greek Amphitheatre, scenery of the world known National Vintage Festival that will take place the following day. At night we will participate of the Via Blanca, a parade of the candidates to be queens of the vintage festival along the streets of Mendoza. This is a very eye-catching show due to the carriages used, their lights and decoration, and the happiness of the people.

Day 2:

Breakfast at the hotel. Then, we will pick you up to start the first visit to a winery located at what is known as the High Viticulture Region of Mendoza River or First Region. Here are the most prestigious malbec vineyards and many of the wineries that make wines recognized at international levels. We will visit the installations of the Winery Achaval Ferrer in which our guide will teach you about Mendoza’s wines, the elaboration processes and the conduction systems of the vine. The second winery is “Bodega Casarena” were we will also share an informal lecture about testing techniques and we will taste the wines of our hosts. Then, we will enjoy lunch in one of the greatest winery’s in Mendoza “Bodega Norton”, surrounded by a landscape of vineyards and spectacular mountains. Return to the hotel. At night we will participate in the great event that summons us, the National Gay Vintage Festival.

Day 3:

Breakfast at the hotel. When you tell us, we will take you from the hotel to the bus station of Mendoza. Farewell and end of our services.

Note: This Program of activities is presented as a guide and it is flexible. You may propose suggestions or changes that will help us make you enjoy your stay in Mendoza even more.

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Services included

  • Bilingual guide specialized in wines and permanent coordination (English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, etc.).
  • Tickets for VIP Access to the Gay Vintage Festival.
  • 3 visits to wineries with wine tasting. One of the visits is with lunch included.
  • 1 tour to the city of Mendoza.
  • 2 nights at a selected hotel with breakfast (single or double).
  • All the transportations are in a private vehicle.
  • Transportation from airport or bus station to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle.

 

Not included services:

  • Options and extras not included in the program.
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Options of wineries to visit

Maipu Area: La Rural, Tempus Alba, Finca Flichman, Carina E,Viña el Cerno, López, Reyter, Tapaus, López, Navarro Correas, Bodega Benegas, Bodega Familia Zuccardi.

Lujan Area: Achaval Ferrer, Tapiz, Catena Zapata, Alta Vista, Nieto Senetiner, Cavas de Weinert, - Luigi Bosca, Lagarde, Fabre Montmayou, Chandon, Norton, Finca Decero, Sèptima, Viniterra, Clos de Chacras, Sottano, Ruca Malen, Hacienda del Plata, Lagarde, Nieto Senetiner y Séptima.

Options subject to availability.

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Accommodation Options

  • Wine Lodge: Postales del Plata, Casa Margot, Posada Robles de Besares..
  • 5 star: Diplomatic, Sheraton, Park Hyatt Mendoza.
  • 4 star: Aconcagua, Nh, San Lorenzo Apart Hotel.
  • 3 star: Princess, Carollo, Condos Suites, Bonarda.

Options subject to availability at the selected date.

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Other Suggested Optinal Activities

  • Cooking classes at a winery.
  • Special wine tastings.
  • Picnics in the park of a winery.
  • Cold meat nibbles at wineries.
  • A ride through vineyards in a classical car.
  • Chocolates and wine tasting.
  • Spa y relax in the mountain.

Options subject to availability at the date selected.

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It is good to know about

  • Distances
    Buenos Aires – Mendoza city: 1040 km.
    Mendoza city – Valle de Uco: 110km.
    Mendoza city - San Rafael: 233 km.
    Mendoza city – Las Leñas: 400 km.
  • Flight frequencies - Buenos Aires / Mendoza / Buenos Aires
    There are daily flights that connect Buenos Aires /Mendoza/Buenos Aires from 6:00 am until 10 pm. Visit www.aa2000.com.ar for more information.
  • Bus frequencies - Buenos Aires / Mendoza / Buenos Aires
    There are many bus companies that connect Buenos Aires with Mendoza and vice versa every day. The majority of the departure schedules start at 17 pm at any of the two points and the trip lasts approximately 12 hours.
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